Thuya Garden - The words “Asticou Terraces” are carved into a block of granite
at the base of the stone steps that lead to Thuya Garden off the Peabody Drive section of Route 3, just southeast
of Asticou Inn. The stairs (on the eastern side of Peabody Drive)
wind up the front of the granite cliffs providing a panoramic view of Northeast
Harbor. Parking is provided across the street from the stairs. For those not able or wanting to make the
walk, there is a single lane road (Thuya Drive) leading to the garden a short distance past the stairs to
the south. There is adequate parking at the entrance gate to the garden. Once there, be sure to try the different
paths. Some take you to places unseen from the main section. As with the Asticou Azalea Garden, there are wonderful
spots for sitting. (photos)
Both the Asticou Azalea Garden and the Thuya Garden were originally designed
and built by Charles K. Savage with financial support from John D. Rockefeller. (Thuya
Garden photos and Asticou Terraces photos)
Thuya Garden is owned and maintained by the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve and a committee of volunteers.
Contributions to aid in its support are welcomed. Visitors are asked to donate $3.00. Those wishing to make
a tax deductible donation should make the gift out to:
Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve
P.O. Box 208
Seal Harbor, ME 04675
The garden is open daily, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, late May through mid-October of each year. Thuya Lodge is open late June - mid-September, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Weddings: Visit the weddings section for information about having a wedding ceremony within Acadia National Park or elsewhere on MDI or nearby villages and towns.